Beverly Anna Lundgren, 84, of Superior, Wisconsin, passed away at Essentia Medical Center on January 29th, 2021, of natural causes.
Beverly was born on June 6, 1936 in Wood River, Wisconsin and grew up in Superior’s Allouez neighborhood. While attending East High School, Bev, a cheerleader, met Kenneth Lundgren, a football player. High school sweethearts and proud “Weezers,” Bev and Ken were married in December of 1957 and raised their three children (Ken, Len, and Linda) in the neighborhood where they grew up. A devoted “Hockey Mom,” Bev not only fostered her two sons’ love of the game, but also opened her home to host visiting players.
Bev worked as a bookkeeper at the Superior YMCA, where she was known as a talented racquetball player, besting the “youngsters” who would come to challenge her on her lunch breaks. When she left the YMCA, she continued work as a bookkeeper at various other area businesses, eventually retiring in that position from St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.
Always very social and willing to lend a hand, in retirement Bev kept busy with her hobbies of golfing and bowling leagues. She volunteered at St. Mary’s hospital, as a “Church Lady” at St. Anthony’s Church helping with funerals and weddings, and she loved to see all her neighbors as she helped run elections at the Belgian Club. Always keeping tabs on her friends and family, she was known to pop over to visit, announce “knock, knock,” and come right in - so long as the door was unlocked!
In her later years, Bev grew from “Hockey Mom” to “Hockey Grandma” and loved to watch her grandchildren in their sports and after school activities. The perpetual hostess, Bev and Ken’s house was open to any and all for visits to chat in their kitchen or outside on the deck, with Bev preparing snacks for her guests that often consisted of vegetables from Ken’s garden, and tending to a candy dish that miraculously never seemed to empty.
Bev was preceded in death by her mother Evelyn Thoreson, her father Timmy Thoreson, and six of her siblings: Rick Thoreson, Elwood Thoreson, Kermit Thoreson, Eleanor Heytens, Dagmar Linde, and Eileen McClintock, as well as her husband, Kenneth Lundgren.
She is survived by her brother Don Thoreson, her three children, Kenneth (Kris) Lundgren, Linda (Scott) Corbin, and Len Lundgren, her grandchildren Kaci Lundgren, Cole (Alyssa) Lundgren, Ian (Jill) Rehl, and Megan (Michael) Corbin, her great grandchildren Adelyn Lundgren, Bergen Lundgren, and Corbin Yoder, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Beverly will be profoundly missed by her family and friends. Due to COVID-19, burial services will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank her adopted family at Harmony House-Superior for the friendship and care she received in her last years. And while Beverly did not pass away due to COVID-19, the family asks that you honor her commitment to her community by please wearing a mask.